By Kate Hopkins
Kate Hopkins knew there needed to be extra to whiskey than utilizing it as a mixer. She had an unquenchable thirst to profit extra approximately "the drink" and set out on an bold itinerary discovering its background. Combining entire examine with casual narrative, Hopkins entertains and educates the readers on whiskey's position within the historical past of the area. She visited historians and pub vendors, went to distilleries owned via organizations who promote millions of gallons consistent with day, and artisans who promote hundreds of thousands of gallons consistent with yr, and interviewed the aficionados and the typical drinkers, simply because the most effective features of whiskey isn't just its style, however the tales concerning the drink which are instructed round the bar. As an extra bonus, she discusses the high-quality paintings of distilling, the right kind how one can drink whiskey, and offers tasting notes on various manufacturers, all within the wish of learning the easiest shot of the liquor.
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